PRESENTATION: We invite highly motivated and creative applicants for 2 PhD positions within a collaborative project between the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP, Mainz, Germany) and the Institute of Mulhouse Materials Science (IS2M, Mulhouse, France). The PhD candidates will work in tandem and be part of the innovative training network (ITN) “Towards Next generation Eco-efficient PHOTO and EMULSION Polymerizations” funded through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Programme. PHOTO-EMULSION focuses on new eco-friendly chemical processes for the manufacturing of plastic products. The project aims at training a group of 8 PhD students through a high-quality research network including 8 internationally reputed academic institutions, 4 leading companies and 2 non-profit organisations. Balanced and European-wide, the project’s diversity expresses through the participation of 8 different countries: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden & Spain.
PhD SUBJECT: The two research projects focus on using thiol-ene polyaddition in dispersed media to produce new functional materials. More specifically, the two projects focus on using miniemulsion polymerization to produce polymer nanoparticles. They involve the synthesis of monomer, prepolymers and photoinitiators, the development of analytical tools to follow the photopolymerization in real-time, the preparation of functional nanoparticles and their chemical modifications, and finally applications of those nanoparticles in the preparation of waterborne coatings and as drug-delivery systems. Each PhD project includes 26 months in the main host institution (MPIP or IS2M), a 6-month secondment at the academic partner premises (MPIP or IS2M), and a 4-month secondment at an industrial partner, Photo High Technology Ltd in Krakow (Poland).
ELIGIBILITY: At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to start of the project. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS: Candidates can be of any nationality, but are required to undertake transnational mobility. Candidates should ideally possess a Master's degree in chemistry, material science or a closely related discipline. Candidates must be within the first four years of his/her research career. Applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree will not be considered. Potential candidates should be able to demonstrate motivation and a strong eagerness to learn. Individuals must possess excellent written, oral communication in English and organizational skills. In addition, they should demonstrate the ability both to work independently and as part of a team. Previous related research experience will be a distinct advantage. Scientific curiosity with an open attitude to work interdisciplinary in the framework of international collaborations is also essential. All students must be willing to travel. The ideal starting date would be Feb. 1st.
FUNDING: PhD positions are funded at the level stipulated by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funding rules with stipends starting at €45,000 per year. Final salary calculations take into account living costs of the recruiting country. Additional family allowances are available when applicable.
APPLICATION PROCESS: applicants must select one of the two projects detailed below, the main host institution being either IS2M (France) or MPIP (Germany). Required documents: a full CV, a motivation letter including a description of previous research experiences and contact details, official transcript, at least one recommendation letter. Only documents in English will be accepted.
SUBMISSION: applicants should submit before Dec. 15th the documentation to Dr. Heloise Therien-Aubin (MPIP) email@example.com and Dr. Abraham Chemtob (IS2M) firstname.lastname@example.org writing in the subject line the main host institution of their selected projects (e.g. Projects MPIP or Project IS2M). Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled. Applications failing to include the requested documentation, where the candidates do not meet the eligibility criteria or which do not indicate the preferred projects WILL NOT be considered.
SELECTION PROCESS: Shortlisted candidates will be invited for in-person interviews (on site or by telephone / Skype). We will endeavour to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants where possible.
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